'She's like a cyborg': Ruth Bader Ginsburg's trainer says she's eager to hit the gym after cancer surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has credited her vitality to her trainer Bryant Johnson who has even written a book about the octogenarian's workout regime


                            'She's like a cyborg': Ruth Bader Ginsburg's trainer says she's eager to hit the gym after cancer surgery

The popular 85-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has become a pop culture icon and a liberal face at the apex court, has not let cancer bog her down as she's survived a colon cancer and pancreatic cancer over the last 20 years. Now, with the recent removal of cancer from her left lung on Friday, she is already keen to hit the gym again. 

The octogenarian has often credited her vitality to her trainer Bryant Johnson. Ginsburg, while talking to the New York Times, had said that Johnson "has been my physical fitness guardian since 1999.”

Johnson told PEOPLE that the secret to the SC justice's staunch determination is evident by her training twice a week for at least an hour and never saying “I can’t.”

“Even this, she is going through this, she asked me, ‘When can we go back to training?'” he told the outlet. “Me, as her trainer,” he continued, “I sometimes have to protect her from herself.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture September 26, 2018 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Justice Ginsburg discussed Supreme Court cases from the 2017-2018 term at the lecture. (Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture September 26, 2018 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Justice Ginsburg discussed Supreme Court cases from the 2017-2018 term at the lecture. (Getty Images)

Johnson has also dedicated a book detailing her training regime called The RBG Workout, which includes planks, 20 full push-ups, arm and leg work using dumbbells and machines and bodyweight exercises.

“Her attitude is, ‘When is the next time I can work out?’ No matter what, it is always, ‘When can we work out?'” Johnson said.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares to administer the Oath of Allegiance to candidates for U.S. citizenship at the New-York Historical Society on April 10, 2018 in New York City. Two hundred candidates from 59 countries participated in the morning ceremony becoming American citizens. (Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares to administer the Oath of Allegiance to candidates for U.S. citizenship at the New-York Historical Society on April 10, 2018 in New York City. Two hundred candidates from 59 countries participated in the morning ceremony becoming American citizens. (Getty Images)

Shortly after Ginsburg's fall on November 7, which ended in her breaking three ribs, she was asked to take a rest from her training regime for a few weeks. Johnson said, shortly after the period, they resumed with lower-body exercises before working back into a full workout last week.

“The justice is strong,” he says, “and blessed.”

The director of acclaimed Ginsburg documentary 'RBG', filmmaker Betsy West, said that the popular justice, one of the four female justices appointed to the SC, was almost like a "cyborg."

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture September 26, 2018 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Justice Ginsburg discussed Supreme Court cases from the 2017-2018 term at the lecture. (Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture September 26, 2018 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Justice Ginsburg discussed Supreme Court cases from the 2017-2018 term at the lecture. (Getty Images)

“It was Bryant who pointed out to us her toughness,” she said. “He calls her a ‘cyborg.' He is a fitness trainer for the US Army Reserve and he compares her to young soldiers. He says they ask too many questions — why do we have to do this, why do we have to do that — and Justice Ginsburg, she is dedicated, she does what he tells her to do. He says she is like a machine.”